March 20, 2008
A union leader says New York City's police force will shrink to its smallest size in more than 15 years under budget cuts that could take effect in July. The plan calls for slashing 1,000 officers' positions, for a total maximum of 36,838 officers. All the cuts would be made through attrition. Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch says that's the smallest number of budgeted police posts since 1992. The department counted 40,800 officers in 2000. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told City Council members Wednesday that the planned cuts would "put pressure" on the police department. But a spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the budget only trims jobs that haven't been filled because of a slowdown in recruitment.